LACONIA —The Leadership Lakes Region group recently conducted its annual Social Issues Day. This is one of eight program days conducted throughout the year for a class of area professionals in a variety of subject areas. In anticipation of the day designed to foster a better understanding of the social issues impacting the Lakes Region, this year's class of 23 was asked to bring in donations for the Laconia Middle School's Care Closet.
Run by school nurse, Kerriann Reynolds, the Care Closet is a confidential place where students from families struggling economically can get basic supplies, personal hygiene items, clothing and other day to day essentials. Leadership Lakes Region first learned of the existence of the Care Closet when the then Middle School Principal briefed the Leadership Class of 2012 on its purpose and the struggles that a lot of his students had to deal with to get ready for school each day. Class member Rosa Michaud, an employee of Bank of New Hampshire, was especially moved by the Principal's description. Ms. Michaud then spoke to her fellow classmates and encouraged them to bring some much needed items to the next Leadership Lakes Region meeting for delivery to the Middle School Care Closet. Thus was born a connection between a school staff working hard to meet its students' basic needs outside of the classroom and a leadership class willing to pitch in.
Each year since, the Leadership Lakes Region class has purchased items from Nurse Reynolds' Needs List and brought them to the Care Closet. Ms. Michaud has also continued the new tradition by placing collection bins at local Bank of New Hampshire offices so other bank employees can donate. When asked to describe the purpose of the Care Closet, Nurse Reynolds stated "The Middle School Care Closet supports students to perform at their fullest potential by providing access to items that meet their basic needs. This enables the students to focus on academic success."
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 11:09
Two projects in central New Hampshire are among 10 statewide which will share more than $1 million in wetlands protection grants, the state Department of Environmental Services has announced.
The local projects which will receive the funds are:
-- $64,236 for the protection of 27.44 acres of land and one mile of shoreline on Lake Wicwas in Meredith. The Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) and Lake Wicwas Association will permanently protect four separate parcels in the northeast part of the lake. The parcels protected include four potential vernal pools, an island, and the largest marsh area (12.5 acres) within the lake that provides habitat for the only nesting loon pair.
-- $197,707 to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust to permanently protect approximately 86 acres of land located on Guinea Ridge Road in Gilmanton. The parcel is located within the focus area of the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition (BRCC) and will protect approximately 21 acres of wetlands and 65 acres of upland along a significant wetland and perennial stream resource located in the BRCC Focus Area.
The funds come from the Department of Environmental Services Aquatic Resource Mitigation -- or ARM -- Program. The fund is a mitigation option for certain projects impacting wetlands which are unable to provide other forms of mitigation. An ARM Fund Site Selection Committee is charged with identifying proposals to be funded by selecting high priority projects that most effectively compensate for the loss of functions and values from the projects that paid into the Fund. According to the law, the projects determined to be appropriate for receipt of ARM Fund monies are subject to approval by the Army Corps of Engineers and the NH Wetlands Council.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 10:41
LACONIA — The Irwin Automotive Group is committed to making a difference in the Great Lakes Region community. Last month the Irwin Automotive group set out to raise money for the WLNH Children Auction by donating $1 for every tire that was sold. With the help and support from Irwin Automotive group customers who purchased new tires for the often treacherous winter driving conditions in the Lakes Region, we were able to raise $1,157 for this great cause.
The NH1 Children's Auction on WLNH began as the simplest of ideas, and WOW what a journey this has been. The phenomenal growth due to the many people that have contributed to this worthy event has created many challenges along the way. Far from simple has been the challenge of how to distribute the funds that you the citizens of the Greater Lakes Region have invested in this annual event. The Irwin Automotive group is looking forward to supporting this great cause next year.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 10:35
TILTON — Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) delivered student-made holiday cards to residents of the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton as a way of thanking them for their service to our country. Kuster delivered the cards as part of her second annual "Holiday Cards for Heroes" Drive; through this program, Kuster partners with local schools to help New Hampshire students make holiday cards for New Hampshire veterans.
"I was so honored to get a chance to visit the New Hampshire Veterans Home, where I handed out lovely holiday cards made by local New Hampshire students and visited with the courageous veterans who reside there. Our veterans sacrificed so much to protect the rest of us, and I'm happy to have the opportunity to give a small token of our appreciation back to them," said Kuster. "I'm proud that so many students helped spread holiday cheer to these men and women who bravely served our country. During the holidays, it is inspirational to see our young people showing such generosity of spirit, and commitment to honoring our state's veterans."
Over the past few weeks, the students made holiday cards to honor New Hampshire veterans. Congresswoman Kuster recently stopped by schools in Nashua and Concord to visit classes and encourage students that participated in the program.
The daughter of a WWII veteran, Congresswoman Kuster currently serves on the U.S. House Veterans' Affairs Committee.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 10:31
- Lakes Region Realtors give more than $4,000 to local food pantries & charities
- UNH professor to give multimedia tour of Spain at Rey Center on Jan. 16
- Family Resource Center offering several parenting courses this winter
- History of the Penacook lecture Jan. 12 at Laconia Library
- Irwin Auto collecting hats & boots for Salvation Army
- Life coach leading workshop on Dec. 30